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More Evidence That Music Talent Is Largely Innate

New research on twins finds nature and nurture interact to produce accomplished musicians. A second study suggests chimps might be among their fans.

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How to Motivate a Young Musician

Inspiring school and home environments help students develop a sense of themselves as musicians, which prompts them to keep practicing.

 

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Music Lessons Boost Emotional, Intellectual Development

German researchers report learning to play a musical instrument is associated with higher grades and superior cognitive skills.

 

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No Need to Speak Slowly: I Took Music Lessons as a Kid

New research suggests music training as a youngster can lead to faster processing of sounds in senior citizens.

 

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Want Quick, Accurate Thinking? Ask a Musician

New research finds musical training appears to sharpen our ability to detect our own mistakes, and rapidly make needed adjustments.

 

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New Evidence Links Music Education, Higher Test Scores

Research from Canada finds high-performing students do even better if they are enrolled in ongoing music classes.

 

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More Evidence Music Training Boosts Brainpower

A German study finds young children who took instrumental music lessons did better than their peers on verbal memory tests.

 

Duets and Diapers: Music Lessons Benefit Babies

New Canadian research finds music training in the second six months of life can enhance infants’ emotional development and communication skills.

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